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EPA considering ban on lead ammo

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by acss, Aug 25, 2010.

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  1. acss

    acss Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    EPA Considering Ban on Traditional Ammunition: ACT NOW!!


    All Gun Owners, Hunters and Shooters:

    With the fall hunting season fast approaching, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Lisa Jackson, who was responsible for banning bear hunting in New Jersey, is now considering a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) - a leading anti-hunting organization - to ban all traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976, a law in which Congress expressly exempted ammunition. If the EPA approves the petition, the result will be a total ban on all ammunition containing lead-core components, including hunting and target-shooting rounds. The EPA must decide to accept or reject this petition by November 1, 2010, the day before the midterm elections.

    Today, the EPA has opened to public comment the CBD petition. The comment period ends on October 31, 2010.

    The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) -- the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry -- urges you to submit comment to the EPA opposing any ban on traditional ammunition. Remember, your right to choose the ammunition you hunt and shoot with is at stake.





    The EPA has published the petition and relevant supplemental information as Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0681. If you would like to read the original petition and see the contents of this docket folder, please click here. In order to go directly to the 'submit a comment' page for this docket number, please click here.

    NSSF urges you to stress the following in your opposition:

    There is no scientific evidence that the use of traditional ammunition is having an adverse impact on wildlife populations.
    Wildlife management is the proper jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the 50 state wildlife agencies.
    A 2008 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on blood lead levels of North Dakota hunters confirmed that consuming game harvested with traditional ammunition does not pose a human health risk.
    A ban on traditional ammunition would have a negative impact on wildlife conservation. The federal excise tax that manufacturers pay on the sale of the ammunition (11 percent) is a primary source of wildlife conservation funding. The bald eagle's recovery, considered to be a great conservation success story, was made possible and funded by hunters using traditional ammunition - the very ammunition organizations like the CBD are now demonizing.


    Recent statistics from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service show that from 1981 to 2006 the number of breeding pairs of bald eagles in the United States increased 724 percent. And much like the bald eagle, raptor populations throughout the United States are soaring.
    Steps to take:


    Submit comment online to the EPA.


    Contact Lisa Jackson directly to voice your opposition to the ban:
    Lisa P. Jackson
    Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20460
    (202) 564-4700
    Fax: (202) 501-1450
    Email: jackson.lisa@epa.gov



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  2. hrosik123

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    Bear hunting has been activated in New Jersey this year. Thats good. As far as a lead ban it's very controversial. Years ago when they did it for waterfowl, people cried and cried. As we see it has done wonders for waterfowl. Copper plated pheasant loads are becoming more accepted. As I see it the problem is with recreational shooters. We need to show that we are responsible for our land via lead reclamation and stewardship programs. Someone is always going to bitch. Our goal should be to quell any problems by being proactive in managing our clubs and facilities. As outdoorsman we already bear the brunt of conservation, our shoulders may have to be a bit broader. Sad to say, but seems to be the direction we have been heading for many years. Good luck Chuck Hrosik
     
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    In California all hunting ammo can't be lead based if I'm not mistaken. As far as waterfowl is concerned the problem wasn't with the fowl itself, but with the lead in the water system injested by fish then eaten by larger fish and birds of prey. Lead is as toxic as mercury and other heavy mtals. Animals hit with lead projectiles will live as long as its not a fatal wound. Lead levels in game is not higher than any other,but this is according to what sources you research. It's much akin to DDT studies of the 70's. In this country it doesn't seem that the majority rules anymore. You need to be prepared for whatever may come down the pike. Good luck Chuck Hrosik
     
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    i get emails from NSSF ( national shooting sports foundation--it shud be on their website--
     
  5. Brian in Oregon

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    The lead problem is badly over-hyped. The original problem with waterfowl was confined to a few small places. The typical knee jerk reaction of the government was to blow the problem all out of proportion so they could come up with a national "solution".
     
  6. g7777777

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    Lead reclaimation is actually horrible for the water table- it grinds ups up or polishes the oxidation off the lead creating a dust that can continue to migrate to the water table

    wherever that myth started about lead reclaimation being good for the environment, they better check their facts.

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  7. spitter

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    it was always my understanding that lead is not found in flesh, but in the bones...

    Jay
     
  8. halfmile

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    A very large waterfowl area in SW Wisconsin had a massive die off of Canada Geese.

    Chuckd Ramsay Hyped it up big time on the Northeastern Wisconsin news coverage (it almmost made me cry, etc etc) and lead shot got all the credit for it.

    When the Analysis of the dead birds was complete it was found to be Avian Cholera type C, brought on by overcrowding due to mismanagement of the open water at lake puckaway. Had it been iced over, the birds would have moved on.

    That information was buried on the bottom of page 14, of course.

    We found, on the marsh that I hunted, that there were many dead birds that had been crippled by steel shot and flown away to bleed out elsewhere.

    Bleeding hearts were crying "lead shot" about those birds too.

    I feel they over hyped the lead issue myself. Anything to mess with hunters and shooters.

    HM
     
  9. Remstar311

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    Chuck

    I fear far more waterfowl birds are crippled and wounded from expensive and not nearly as lethal steel shot than ever did from lead poisoning. What about lead sinkers?

    Nick
     
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    Peer its all a crock but no one in Washington will ever care.
     
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